Coming Judgment against Judah
from the face of the earth,” says the LORD.
I will sweep away the birds of the sky and the fish in the sea.
I will reduce the wicked to heaps of rubble,a
and I will wipe humanity from the face of the earth,” says the LORD.
and destroy every last trace of their Baal worship.
I will put an end to all the idolatrous priests,
so that even the memory of them will disappear.
and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars.
They claim to follow the LORD,
but then they worship Molech,b too.
but now no longer do.
They no longer ask for the LORD’s guidance
or seek my blessings.”
for the awesome day of the LORD’s judgment is near.
The LORD has prepared his people for a great slaughter
and has chosen their executioners.c
says the LORD,
“I will punish the leaders and princes of Judah
and all those following pagan customs.
and those who fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.
“a cry of alarm will come from the Fish Gate
and echo throughout the New Quarter of the city.d
And a great crash will sound from the hills.
for all the merchants and traders will be destroyed.
to punish those who sit complacent in their sins.
They think the LORD will do nothing to them,
either good or bad.
their homes will be ransacked.
They will build new homes
but never live in them.
They will plant vineyards
but never drink wine from them.
Swiftly it comes —
a day of bitter tears,
a day when even strong men will cry out.
a day of terrible distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and desolation,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness,
Down go the walled cities
and the strongest battlements!
I will make you grope around like the blind.
Your blood will be poured into the dust,
and your bodies will lie rotting on the ground.”
on that day of the LORD’s anger.
For the whole land will be devoured
by the fire of his jealousy.
He will make a terrifying end
of all the people on earth.f
Zephaniah, 1 chapter. New Living Translation.